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His Appointed Time

God’s divine plan had arrived to the appointed time on God’s calendar for the saving of the souls of man.  He had designed a plan before the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth to show man what redemption from sin looks like.  He had designed every detail.  From the creation of Adam and Eve, down through history God was showing man what was required to receive forgiveness of sin. The Bible records verse after verse of instructions for worshiping and pleasing God and points directly to the coming of His Messiah Jesus Christ for redemption of …

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God of Comfort

    God is the ultimate Comforter. No matter what we face in this life, He fully understands. Isn’t that a comfort in and of itself? In a world where we feel so misunderstood, the God of the Universe understands us, in and out, through and through. When my firstborn, eighteen-year-old, son passed away in a car accident, I was beyond desperate to find anyone who could understand my pain. Thankfully, some caring mutual friends linked me up with some other mammas who were walking out the unimaginable journey of child loss. God had comforted these woman, just as He …

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Grace Under Pressure

“Grace under pressure”…”Grace under pressure”… the phrase that every good Southern girl knows, but one that I keep repeating in my mind lately. Ephesians 4: 7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” I certainly need my share of grace right now. It could be the time of year, but I doubt it. I think that God brings me to these junctures just in time to learn something either I was too ignorant to get the first time or perhaps I just wasn’t ready to listen. Sometimes the lessons are due to my …

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Hopeless to Whole

  On January 17, 2014, life was jolted into a warp speed spiral out of control. Things had been bad before, but not like this. After years of exhausting relationships and funds there was no where left to turn. The friend I was staying with could no longer give me a place to stay so I was homeless. I was at the end of my rope and didn’t want any part of this life here on earth anymore. With the heavily persuasive opinion of a long-time friend I admitted myself to a mental hospital. I arrived with the previous diagnosis …

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Pondering the Coming Savior

I am a thinker. I am one, almost to a fault. I am also a feeler. Again, I am one, almost to a fault. These are both strengths and weaknesses. I assume that Mary, the mother of Jesus was both a thinker and feeler as well. In verses 8-20 in chapter 2 of Luke, Mary displays these attributes in the midst of heightened circumstances and emotions, in the midst of fear and expectation. “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord …

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A Season of Death and Dying

I stand, lost in the sight before me.  I am looking through the window completely raptured in the thoughts racing through my mind.  As I watch leaves fall to the ground I can feel the cool air radiating through the glass.  One by one, the leaves fall and I notice the beautiful colors of orange, yellow, red and brown.  The leaves have died.  The trees are almost empty now.  I find peace in this moment.  I found comfort even surrounded by death.   Summer is past, we are moving through the season of death, and dying before winter comes.  This reality …

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Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward

  When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them. One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter …

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Freedom from Condemnation

    The Holy Spirit Frees Believers from Condemnation   Imagine yourself in prison for committing some crime and awaiting the day of your execution. Your final meal has been served and soon you will be placed on the stretcher and brought into the gas chamber. But as the final strap is being buckled, a man appears and announces he has just received a letter from the governor of the state to drop the charge against you; that you’re not to die but be freed of the charge. While living in sin and condemned to die, Christ died for you and me. Now there is no condemnation …

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Assurance of Salvation

  After a sinner accepts Jesus as her personal Savior, Satan knows he can not reclaim that life, so he will do all within his evil, deceptive mind to hinder the Spiritual development of a new Christian. One of his schemes is to try and convince the new convert her profession was not made in sincerity, And if he can do that, he has won a real battle. Therefore, don’t listen to Satan, but listen to the Holy Spirit. This scripture should be helpful: “But if by the Spirit you put to death deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the spirit of God are …

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Freedom and Personal Liberty

I am so glad to be born in America. So often I wonder why I was born in a land of so many freedoms, while someone else millions of miles away was born into an area of oppression and hardship. I know things are not always easy here in the US. There is a terrifying and growing slave trade here that rivals any other country. There is poverty, hunger, unemployment, abuse, and many other areas that are keeping America from becoming the amazing place it could be. Comparatively, however, the United States is a pretty great place to live. We …

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Fear As A Slave Driver

My feet pounded the pavement as I considered three specific situations with which I was struggling — anger toward my children, conflict with my husband, and bitterness in a situation where something didn’t go as I had hoped. My thoughts floated to the Exodus text I had just read that morning. In a way, I had to admit, I felt enslaved by these situations. Seeking to discover guidance from the text, I asked myself, why did Pharaoh decide to oppress and enslave the Israelite people? The answer leapt from my memory. Fear. It all came down to fear. For reasons …

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Not Sick of Slavery

Are you fond of going to the doctor? Or do you wait until the last possible moment? When my mom was living, I always laughed at her because anytime I had the slightest sniffle, she urged me to visit the doctor. My first reaction, though, is usually to wait. Surely, it will go away on its own. Surely, my immune system just needs time to work. Sometimes that rationale worked. But sometimes it didn’t. I remember several times I waited too long and paid a hefty price in pain and discomfort. I think we naturally bear quite a bit before …